It’s about time that someone performed a meaningful comparison of 3D-enabled games using Nvidia’s 3D Vision and AMD’s HD3D. We put 18 different titles under the microscope to determine which technology gives you the most playability, most often.
AMD HD3D and the TriDef Ignition Driver:
Excellent 3D gameplay result, but slight anomalies in cut scenes
Using the TriDef ignition driver, StarCraft II renders flawlessly in actual gameplay. There are, however, some shadow anomalies in the cut scenes.
While the game natively supports 3D Vision with convergence and separation controls, those settings are not accessible when running AMD’s HD3D. The TriDef Ignition convergence control works fine, though.
Nvidia 3D Vision:
Excellent 3D result
From what we’ve seen, Nvidia’s solution appears to work nearly perfectly, despite a warning from the 3D Vision OSD that suggests some objects and effects might be affected by visual anomalies. The only issue we experienced was that 3D character portraits showed the edge of the character instead of the centre. But this is only a minor annoyance that disappears when 2D portraits are selected in the game settings.
Speaking of settings, StarCraft II has its own separation and convergence controls just for 3D Vision.
- The State Of 3D Gaming
- Displays, Software, And Settings
- Test System And Benchmark Setup
- StarCraft II
- Civilization V
- World Of Warcraft
- Lord Of The Rings Online
- Star Trek Online
- Crysis 2
- Just Cause 2
- Lost Planet 2
- Aliens Vs. Predator
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Metro 2033
- F1 2010
- Need 4 Speed: Hot Pursuit
- Mass Effect 2
- Dragon Age 2
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- DiRT 3
- Two Compelling 3D Solutions With Strengths And Weaknesses